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Pandemic RetroFlash by
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Damn COVID!  Doesn’t deserve more than 100 words. Here goes: Tragedy:  Worse than it had to be. (Thanks, Trump.)  So may lives taken and families wrecked.  In so many ways. Personal silver linings: Streaming galore. Family and friends Zooming.  Zoom mastery.  Immersion in non-profit boards (via Zoom, of course). Immersion in on-line courses (especially music…
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Jingles Singles by
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For whatever reason -- probably because of my high NQ (nerdiness quotient) -- I have always been fascinated with commercial jingles.  Actually, my brother may have been my main influencer on this. 
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The Old Man and the Sea – RetroFlash by
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Prompted By First Memory

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Finally we drove down the road past our house Onto the dirt part. (We’d always turned off there.)   We drove on for miles. And came to an old man With a small house and boat by the ocean.   The old man was quite friendly.  A relative? We ate at a table outdoors. He…
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Valentine’s Day RetroFlash Doggerel by
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Prompted By Valentine's Day

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Roses are red, But sometimes they're pink. My best Valentine's story Can be found at this link.
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Inauguration Organization by
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Prompted By Inaugurations

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At first, I was stumped by this week’s prompt.  Sure, I’ve watched plenty of United States Presidential inaugurations, and even still have a pretty clear recollection of the one in 1961 when poor old Robert Frost stood shivering outside reading his poem and rich young JFK told us all to “Ask  not….”    But, as…
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Goodie Goodie Trouble by
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Prompted By Good Trouble

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It’s tough to get in good trouble when you’re a goodie goodie. And, for better or worse, I have always been a goodie goodie. And who/what exactly is a goodie goodie? It’s someone who tries so hard — too hard —  not to get in trouble in the first place, good or bad. Guilty, as…
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Brother Tom by
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Prompted By Reconnecting

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Obvious choice: reconnecting with now-wife decades after junior high crush.  Lovely, but too obvious. So….brother Tom. Not unfriendly, but distant for many years.  Dynamic bad with my then-wife. Then, our mother dying.  Brings us closer together: during and after.  Tom’s lovely relationship with my now-wife makes bond even stronger. We’re still very different, but tight…
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I’m the Uncool Cat in the Hat (RetroFlash) by
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Prompted By Hats

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(With deepest apologies to Dr. Seuss.) We looked! Then we saw him Step on the mat. We looked! And we saw him. The uncool cat in the hat. And he said to us, “Why do you sit there like that? I know it is wet And the sun is not sunny. But I know with…
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Pictures Not At An Exhibition by
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Having been an anthropology major (in the bowels of the Peabody Museum in Cambridge) and then  -- formerly -- married to the President of the American Museum of Natural History, I've got a lot more I could say about natural history museums than art museums.
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Songs in the Key of Life (RetroFlash) by
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Dear Teenage Me,* Good news: lots of songs to come.  Not-so-good news: songs get worse (even per my daughters). Lessons from songs? Beatles?  Great songs, but nope. “I Wanna Hold Your Hand”  (Really? That’s All? What if she’s just seventeen?) “She Loves You” (But how do YOU feel?) “Please Please Me” (Opposite problem.)   Stones? …
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